Area Highlights

  • Gurteen & Dogs Bay Beaches
  • Fishing Harbour
  • Errisbeg Hill
  • Island Trips
  • Sea Angling
  • Annual Traditional Regatta
  • Roundstone Connemara Pony Show
  • Annual Marconi Run
  • Shops, Bars, Restaurants
  • Outstanding Scenic Area

Cottages in Roundstone

Description Of The Area

The village of Roundstone (Cloch na Rón) on the Wild Atlantic Way, is a charming and picturesque fishing village, nestled at the foot of Errisbeg Hill, with the Atlantic ocean lapping against its harbour and scenic coastline. The village first became popular as a holiday destination for people from the east coast of Ireland during the 1950’s and has continued to be a very popular destination for holiday makers to Connemara.   

There are a number of great pubs, restaurants and cafe’s catering for all tastes, especially seafood dishes cooked from the fresh fish which is supplied by the fishermen when they return to harbour. Grocery shops, butcher, fishmonger, post office, hairdresser, doctor, library, churches and many more businesses and services provide the holiday maker with everything they may require for the duration of their stay in Roundstone.  There is a well equipped children’s playground in the village and ample outdoor seating for those who like to sit, relax, and watch the day go by. Sea fishing trips and tours are available from the harbour daily, and perhaps you may be lucky enough to stop at Inishlacken Island for a picnic before your return. Lake fishing is also available locally on the many inland lakes in the area, and also at nearby Ballynahinch Castle and Cashel village. Bike hire is available in the village for those who would like to spend some time exploring the area and all of its hidden gems. The village also hosts traditional Irish music and dance nights throughout the Summer and these night are very popular events with visitors to the area. You will probably leave the Irish nights having learned a few Irish dance steps.   

The village and surrounds boast many scenic routes such as the Inishnee Loop Walk, Ervallagh, the Bog Road Loop which is ideal for cyclists, Gurteen Beach, Dogs Bay and Errisbeg Hill. Gurteen Beach and Dogs Bay are located close to Roundstone village and are renowned for their particularly white sand. They are a popular destination for many people throughout the warmer days, and are perfect for walking on any day. Pods of dolphins are a regular sight in the bay. The beaches are very popular with windsurfers, dinghy sailors and kite surfers. The bay is also a treasured place for geologists and archaeologists alike. The remains of many early Christian settlements have been found on many of the islands on the coast. Many other smaller beaches and sandy coves are dotted around the coastline near Roundstone, along with smaller piers and harbours. The more you explore, the more you will find. It is a popular area with artists and photographers, there is sure to be a spectacular scene to capture around every corner.  

Roundstone celebrates its culture and heritage in many ways throughout the year. Events include a Traditional Boats Regatta which provides visitors with a spectacular show of Hookers, Pucain, and Gleoiteoigs racing in Roundstone Bay. These traditional boats with their well known red sails have been lovingly revived and restored through the generations and are well known on the coast of Galway and Connemara. Traditional currach racing also take place over the Regatta weekend where many rowing teams from all over Ireland participate in the annual regatta. The internationally renowned Roundstone Pony Shows take place in Farrells Field throughout the Summer months. The Marconi marathon takes place in September of each year and offers the participants and spectators a unique sporting experience through the scenic Roundstone Bog Road.

While in the village, visit Michael Killeen Park, located within the walls of the Old Franciscan Monastery, where you will find a number of craft workshops. One in particular is Roundstone Music & Crafts, where the owner Malachy “Bodhran” Kearns offers workshops showcasing his famous handmade Bodhrans. The stage drums for the famous “Riverdance” were made at Malachy’s workshop in Roundstone and his work was also commissioned by none other than President Obama for the White House.  Roundstone village is also home to a variety of other craft persons, to include jewellers, sculptors and potters. A country market takes place in the village each and every Sunday from May to September with lots of local crafts and foods available.

Botanists will find a number of rare plants in the area of interest, including rare heathers which grow nowhere else in Ireland. The Roundstone Bog complex is a designated Special Area of Conservation, which has assisted in the area keeping its unspoilt and wild image.

Many famous people have been associated with Roundstone. Alexander Nimmo built the harbour at the request of the fisheries board in 1882. Sting of the 80’s reggae band The Police had a property there and Bill Whelan (Riverdance) now resides in this property. It is not unusual to see members of the Irish Parliament and TV personalities such as Monty Hall, who spent many months here filming a TV series “Monty Halls Great Irish Escape” in 2010.

The village has the atmosphere of a fishing village, and still retains its distinct culture as a community in this part of Ireland. For a relaxing holiday, a family holiday, a romantic getaway, or an activity holiday, a self catering cottage in Roundstone something that will tick all boxes and will provide the visitor with an ideal base for their Connemara Holiday.

 

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